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‘Banner Children’s Healthmobile’ to treat thousands of uninsured Valley youth

 

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 8, 2013) – Banner Health soon will offer an ongoing mobile health unit which will travel to schools throughout the Valley each week to provide primary care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured children. The new service begins Jan. 14.

The “Banner Children’s Healthmobile” is a licensed outpatient treatment center that will operate just like a mobile doctor’s office, offering children up to 21 years of age treatment for health problems, physicals for camp or sports, and routine annual check-ups.

The mobile clinic complements Banner Health’s School-Based Health Centers, which treated about 2,500 patients for free at Valley campuses in 2011. These centers have become a necessity for uninsured and underinsured children in the Phoenix Metropolitan area by providing exceptional medical treatment. Operating costs of the mobile clinic and school-based centers are covered solely through philanthropic support from individuals, corporations and foundations in the community.

“The Banner Children’s Healthmobile enables us to further support our local communities and hospitals, providing more convenience for parents who’ve had to travel long distances for treatment,” said Megan Christopherson, children’s health and wellness senior manager for Banner Health. “We expect to treat an additional 2,500 children each year through the mobile clinic.”

The Banner Children’s Healthmobile will be available during the following days:

  • Mondays at Buckeye Elementary School, 210 South 6th St., Buckeye (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Tuesdays at various locations across the Valley, offering asthma-specific outreach, education and treatment; dates and times will be announced weekly at area schools beginning in February
  • Wednesdays at Maricopa Elementary School, 18150 N. Alterra Parkway, Maricopa
  • Thursdays at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road, San Tan Valley

Children from across the Valley can visit the mobile clinic, which is a licensed outpatient treatment center, for concerns ranging from earaches to neurological conditions. A parent or guardian must be present. The medical staff includes a nurse practitioner and a registered nurse who will help children and families learn about common health conditions and where they can find additional resources. The clinic will not provide OB/GYN services.

Banner Health has also partnered with the Women’s Health Coalition of Arizona to assist eligible families in enrolling in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, during their visit to the mobile clinic. AHCCCS is Arizona's Medicaid agency that offers health care programs to serve Arizona residents who meet certain income requirements.

Walk-ins are accepted at the mobile clinic, but reservations are preferred. To make a reservation, call 480-412-6344.

For more information about ways to support the School-Based Health Center program or the Banner Children’s Healthmobile, contact Banner Health Foundation at 602-747-GIVE (4483).

ABOUT BANNER HEALTH
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including physician clinics and home care and hospice services. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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